Houston Texans running back Arian Foster said Monday that the NFL's Thursday night games are "annoying for players" and hypocritical by the NFL.
Foster said he doesn't know a player who likes Thursday Night Football and doesn't really know a fan who likes it either.
The running back also said that holding games on Thursdays during an era where player safety has been at the forefront of debate compromises the moral integrity of the NFL. One of the concerns about Thursday night games is whether the quick turnaround from Sunday makes players more susceptible to injury.
"[The NFL] emphasizes concussions when they start getting hit with lawsuits and they care about the players’ safety, but Thursday Night Football is putting every player on the football field in danger," Foster said.
Thursday Night Football debuted in 2006. In January, CBS signed a one-year deal to broadcast TNF after submitting a $275 million bid.
Foster and the Texans face the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday in the league's next TNF game.
- Molly Geary